Val PilchMar 6, 2023
From Banking to Business
A Conversation with Val Pilch, CEO of ForMeds
New Books Network 2023
In this episode, Kimon and Richard speak with Val Pilch, CEO of ForMeds. Val was born in Krakow, living there for his early childhood before moving to New York in the 1990s at the end of high school. He studied initially in New York before moving to North Carolina to attend Duke University for business school. Val describes the pros and cons of this path, suggesting that an MBA might give someone a valuable toolkit though it does not teach you what it actually takes to run a business.
After school, he initially worked in consulting and then in banking. Val’s work at investment banks led him to Singapore, where he worked and lived for seven years.
In 2015, Val decided to move back to his birthplace to explore a career outside of investment banks. He began running a commercial lighting company, which was the largest in all of Poland. In 2019, the company was sold to a Norwegian industrial group.
After this experience, Val decided that he wanted to try his hand at entrepreneurship. He even cites a conversation with Richard in 2020 as part of the inspiration for going down a new path! Val decided to go about entrepreneurship via acquisition. As of the publication of this video, he has been CEO and owner of ForMeds for about three months.
Val shares plenty of useful wisdom throughout the interview. He discusses the importance of focus. In a company with many moving parts, it’s easy to spiral out into all sorts of avenues. According to Val, it is best to hyper-fixate on the most important issues and execute those perfectly.
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About our Hosts:
Kimon Fountoukidis is the founder of both Argos Multilingual and PMR. He founded both companies in the mid-90s with zero capital, and both have gone on to become market leaders in their respective sectors. Kimon was born in New York and moved to Krakow, Poland in 1993. He is passionate about sharing his success with others and working entrepreneurs of all kinds to help them achieve their goals.
Richard Lucas is a business and social entrepreneur who has founded or invested in more than 30 businesses, including Argos Multilingual, PMR and, in 2020, the New Books Network. Richard has been a TEDx event organiser for years, supports the pro-entrepreneurship ecosystem, and leads entrepreneurship workshops at all levels. He was born in Oxford and moved to Poland in 1991, where continues to invest in promising companies and helps other entrepreneurs realise their dreams.